Patents Examined by Lori L. Lyjak
  • Patent number: 11034390
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reinforcing member for improving durability of a structure which receives an external force. The reinforcing member includes a reinforcing portion for improving the durability of the structure and a restricting portion which is fixed, in position, to the structure while restricting a shift in position of the reinforcing portion such that the reinforcing portion is located in a predetermined position on the basis of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SHIN YOUNG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Chae, Jeong Pil Choi
  • Patent number: 11021082
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to vehicles capable of autonomous driving. These vehicles may include seats for accommodating different numbers of passengers. In some cases, the seats may be reconfigurable. For instance, a vehicle may include a first row of seating having a first, passenger use configuration. The first row may allow a passenger to sit in a seat of the first row of seating and access user input controls for the vehicle. The first row of seating may also have a second, folded configuration where the first row is in a folded configuration and no longer usable for passenger seating. The vehicle may also have a second row of seating. When the first row of seating is in the second, folded configuration, the second row of seating may still be usable for seating and may include additional legroom for the passenger as compared to when the first row of seating is in the first passenger use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: YooJung Ahn, David Tse-Zhou Lu, Min Li Chan, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Adam Lee Frost, Philippe Robert Agostino Holland, Hassan Rashid Mir, Marcos Aniceto Villalón Caro, Isaac Lopes Nogueras
  • Patent number: 11014471
    Abstract: A vehicle provides a comfortable space for a wide range of passengers. The vehicle (1) includes a plurality of seats (31) arranged in a fore and aft direction in a cabin (5) of the vehicle, each seat being supported in the cabin so as to be rotatable around a vertically extending rotational axis. Preferably, at least one of the seats includes a support column (32) extending vertically from a floor (6) of the cabin, and a seat cushion (33) supported at an upper end of the support column so as to be rotatable around the vertically extending rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Takamura
  • Patent number: 11008042
    Abstract: It is an object to provide a vehicle body front structure capable of uniformly deforming a colliding object and achieving a high score in the MPDB frontal impact test. Features of a vehicle body front structure according to the present invention lie in including a front side member extending in a front-rear direction on a side of a power unit mounting room located in a front part of a vehicle, a first member fixed to a front end of the front side member and extending in a vertical direction; and a second member arranged on an outer side of the first member in a vehicle width direction, wherein a front face of the first member is a flat face, and the second member is connected to the first member below the front side member, inclines upward as the second member extends rearward relative to the vehicle from a portion at which the second member is connected to the first member, and is also connected to a vehicle body above the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironao Yashiro, Tatsuya Manabe
  • Patent number: 11001307
    Abstract: A B-pillar for a motor vehicle body extends along a longitudinal axis, and comprises an upper metal portion for connecting the B-pillar to a roof area of the motor vehicle body and a lower metal portion for connecting the B-pillar to a sill area of the motor vehicle body; and a fiber composite component comprising fibers and a plastic matrix, the upper metal portion comprising an upper region for force introduction, and the lower metal portion comprising a lower region for force introduction being axially spaced from the upper region for force introduction, the upper region for force introduction and the lower region for force introduction being embedded into the fiber composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Muhr und Bender KG
    Inventors: Hubertus Steffens, Bernhard Spielvogel
  • Patent number: 11001304
    Abstract: A side impact load management system for a vehicle having a vehicle frame includes a plurality of cross-vehicle support members extending from a first side of the vehicle to a second side of the vehicle. A first structural member extends in a first vertical plane parallel to a vehicle body axis defined by the vehicle frame and coupled to the vehicle frame, the first structural member connecting the plurality of cross-vehicle support members on the first side of the vehicle. A second structural member extends in a second vertical plane parallel to the vehicle body axis defined by the vehicle frame and coupled to the vehicle frame, the second structural member connecting the plurality of cross-vehicle support members on the second side of the vehicle. The first and second structural members are configured to transfer a side impact load simultaneously to the plurality of cross-vehicle support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Edward D. Moss, Mark J. McGuire, Peter M. Parlow, Keith J. Saari, Mark T. Dingman
  • Patent number: 11001302
    Abstract: A front end of an upper bracket in a vehicle longitudinal direction is welded to a top surface of a rear cross member, and a weld zone between the rear cross member and the upper bracket includes, in a plan view of a vehicle, a central portion extending along a vehicle width direction and a curved end portion extending in a curved shape from each end of the central portion in the vehicle width direction toward a front side of the vehicle or a diagonally front side of the vehicle, to thereby reduce a stress on each vehicle-widthwise end of the weld zone between the rear cross member and the upper bracket configured to connect a towing tool attachment to the rear cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Maiko Ikeyoshi
  • Patent number: 10994673
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof molding made of an elastic member disposed in a groove on a roof top surface formed in a coupling portion coupling a roof panel and a right side panel. The roof molding includes a lid portion covering an upper side of an opening portion of the groove. The roof panel includes a slope face descending toward the groove between a base face and the groove. An end of the lid portion of the roof molding extends to the slope face and is in contact with the slope face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Manjo, Tomoharu Tamaya, Koji Usui
  • Patent number: 10994792
    Abstract: An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is adaptable for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus consists of a series of nesting shapes and/or frameworks that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 10994789
    Abstract: The rear cross member structure includes a cam bolt seating unit formed in a rear cross member and having a cam bolt which fixes a lower arm and is seated in the cam bolt seating unit, a cam bolt insertion hole unit formed in the cam bolt seating unit and having the cam bolt inserted into the cam bolt insertion hole unit, and a cam bolt guide unit protruding from the cam bolt seating unit and configured to guide a rotation of the cam bolt by being brought into contact with sides of the cam bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hong Rae Chung
  • Patent number: 10988006
    Abstract: A door of a vehicle may include a door internal panel; a door external panel mounted outside a passenger compartment with respect to the door internal panel, detachably coupled to the door internal panel, and made of a lightweight material than the door internal panel; and a reinforcement member mounted between the door external panel and the door internal panel and fastened to the door external panel and the door internal panel to increase rigidity, reducing weight and cost of the door of the vehicle and easily replacing the door external panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Duckyang Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongmin Jeon, Kwang Seub Kim
  • Patent number: 10988179
    Abstract: A suspension member is mounted on the side members of an underbody. On the rear portion of the suspension member, spacers are provided between the suspension member and the underbody. Each spacer includes a bracket. The front end surface of the bracket is opposed to the rear wall surface of a main suspension body. During a frontal collision, the rear wall surface of the suspension member abuts against the bracket, whereby retreat of the suspension member is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihito Tomizawa, Yoshinori Domon, Akira Nishino
  • Patent number: 10974661
    Abstract: A vehicle decorative part includes a decorative main body and a heater. The decorative main body is configured to be attached to a vehicle at a front side in a transmission direction of millimeter waves from a millimeter wave radar and has a millimeter wave transparency. The heater has a heating element that emits heat when energized. At least a part of the heating element is located in an irradiation region of the millimeter waves in the heater. As a millimeter wave attenuation reducing configuration that reduces attenuation of the millimeter waves passing through the heater, the heating element is incorporated in the heater in a condition where an area proportion of an area of a section of the heating element that occupies the irradiation region to an area of the irradiation region is set such that an attenuation amount of the millimeter waves is less than or equal to a permissible value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Okumura, Hideto Maeda
  • Patent number: 10960793
    Abstract: Actuators can be used in controlling a seat surface of a vehicle seat. The actuators can have an outer skin in connection with a hinge assemblies. The actuators can include a shape-memory material (SMM) member operatively connected to the hinge assemblies. The SMM member can be a shape-memory alloy (SMA) wire. The SMM member can change from a first configuration to the second configuration in response to an activation input, such as heat. The input can be delivered to the SMM member upon detecting an activation condition, such as detection of lateral acceleration. The actuators are operatively positioned relative to a seat surface such that, when the SMM member changes configuration, actuator causes the seat surface to morph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Miga Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman, Ryohei Tsuruta, Mark A. Gummin
  • Patent number: 10960932
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle floor assembly, and further relates to a method of constructing a motor vehicle which reduces the number of fixing points (i.e., fastener attachment points) on a vehicle chassis. An example floor assembly includes a vehicle frame, a floor panel, and at least one underbody vehicle component forming a subassembly with the floor panel installed to an underside of the vehicle frame. The floor panel comprises at least one recess configured to receive a portion of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Jackson, Ken George Dell
  • Patent number: 10952378
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a grounds maintenance vehicle are disclosed. The vehicle includes a frame and a control tower disposed at or near a rear end of the frame. The control tower includes a support structure that defines an interior space of the control tower and a nonplanar removable skin connected to the support structure. The removable skin includes a front side disposed over a front side of the support structure and a lateral side disposed over at least one of a left side or a right side of the support structure. A portion of at least one of the front side or lateral side of the removable skin is disposed above an uppermost surface of the prime mover. Further, the removable skin is adapted to be at least partially removed from the support structure to facilitate additional access to the interior space of the control tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: EXMARK MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christian S. C. Bryant, Nickolas T. Moore, Patrick D. Sands
  • Patent number: 10953827
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes: a side frame extending in a front-rear direction in a front part of a vehicle body; a branch frame provided on a vehicle width direction outer side of the side frame; and a coupling member attached to and between the side frame and the branch frame. The branch frame has a rear end portion housed in the side frame and fixed to a vehicle width direction inner wall portion of the side frame. A ridgeline formed on the branch frame is aligned with a ridgeline formed on the inner wall portion of the side frame in the front-rear direction. A ridgeline formed on the coupling member is aligned with a ridgeline formed on an outer wall portion of the side frame in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Yoshida, Takuya Morisawa
  • Patent number: 10953768
    Abstract: A detachable transportation seat assembly for facilitated and secure attachment to the rear row of a mass transportation vehicle, which is releasable and replaceable as desired to enable access to vehicle componentry under the rear seat, or behind the rear wall. A pivot bar on the front of a single or a collection of rear row vehicle seats projects to cooperate with a pivot hook retention bracket, to facilitate removal of the seat or seats, or, alternatively, to facilitate the restoration of the seats for use by passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventors: William Bellin O'Connor, Vlad Balef, Paul Vidri
  • Patent number: 10946780
    Abstract: A handrail assembly comprising a top bracket and a handrail pivotally connected to the top bracket. The handrail is movable relative to the top bracket between a stowed position and a deployed position. The handrail is able to be locked in position. The handrail can move between the stowed position and the deployed position when the handrail is not locked in position, but held in the stowed position or the deployed position when the handrail is not locked in position. The handrail cannot move between the stowed position and the deployed position when the handrail is locked in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Stromberg Carlson Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bacon, Charles A. Brammer
  • Patent number: 10946771
    Abstract: A motor vehicle floor system includes an integral seat attachment point, and an over-molded seat attachment insert of a floor. The integral seat attachment point is provided on the seat attachment insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Jackson, Kenneth George Dell